Five Reasons to Leave the House This Weekend

Including Revere's annual Sand Sculpting Festival, Shakespeare on the Common, and more.

2015 Revere Beach Sand Sculpting Festival / Photo by Olga Khvan

A photo from the 2015 Revere Beach Sand Sculpting Festival. / Photo by Olga Khvan

Revere Beach International Sand Sculpting Festival

Stunning sand sculptures will take over Revere Beach this weekend for this annual festival. Spot intricate sandy creations of mermaids, superheroes, and other original artwork at America’s first public beach. Admire the impressive sculptures, have some food, and take a walk along the boardwalk. It’s the best weekend of the year to enjoy all that Revere Beach has to offer.

Free, July 22-24, Revere Beach,

Shakespeare on the Common / Photo by Andrew Brilliant/Brilliant Pictures

Shakespeare on the Common. / Photo by Andrew Brilliant/Brilliant Pictures

Shakespeare on the Common

Go back to the 1590s in England and enjoy a performance of Shakespeare’s Love’s Labour’s Lost by the Commonwealth Shakespeare Company outside on the Boston Common. Bring a blanket and picnic basket, and enjoy one of Shakespeare’s earliest romantic comedies about how youthful romance is difficult to sustain with the challenges of adulthood.

Free, July 20-August 7, Boston Common,

African Festival of Boston / Photo by Kearoma Rantao

African Festival of Boston. / Photo by Kearoma Rantao

African Festival of Boston

A celebration of African people, culture, traditions, and food, this Sunday’s festival aims to benefit local African programs and services. The events are geared for all ages, as attendees can observe different bands, dances, and art performances, as well as enjoy food, games, and storytelling. Vendors will also gather at the park to sell unique and handmade art and crafts.

Free, Sunday, July 24, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m., Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy Park, Boston,

2014 Save the Harbor/Save the Bay event / Photo by Save the Harbor

2014 Save the Harbor/Save the Bay event. / Photo by Save the Harbor

Soundwaves 2016

Hitch a ride either by the ticket-only band boat leaving from the Boston Harbor Hotel or the routine ferry to Spectacle Island for the 2016 Soundwaves festival. The island’s marina offering private boat owners the opportunity to dock is currently closed for repairs. However, Save the Harbor/Save the Bay has organized a full day of blues music and island activities including hiking and treasure hunting. Reservations for the band boat can be made online, which includes a ride to the island and open entry to the dance floor and bar during the concerts.

$20 for band boat access, Saturday, July 23, Spectacle Island,

Yoga Brunch on the Pier / Photo by Pier 6

Yoga Brunch on the Pier. / Photo by Pier 6

Yoga Brunch on the Pier

A relaxing morning for a number of reasons, Pier 6’s Saturday morning Yoga Brunch will feature an hour-long class led by Equinox’s Jess Ray with waterfront views, and a family-style brunch with fresh fruit, an egg station, yogurt, and a full mimosa and organic juice bar. There will be mats available for sale from Lululemon and limited mats to rent (or bring your own).

$35, Saturday, July 23, 9-11 a.m., Pier 6, 1 8th St., Boston,